Korea American Football Association

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Korea American Football Association
Kafa logo.gif
Korea American Football Association's logo
Formation 1945
Type Non-profit
Headquarters Seoul
Official language
Korean (KR)
Chairman
Park Kyung-Kyu
Website KAFA.org

The Korea American Football Association (KAFA, Korean: 대한미식축구협회, Hanja: 大韓美式蹴球協會) has existed in South Korea for more than 20 years. The popularity of American football in Korea has been historically low, but with the visit of Hines Ward (a Korean born NFL football star with the Pittsburgh Steelers) in 2006, the sport received a modest level of increased appeal. Within Korea KAFA is a governing body over both traditional football with pads and also flag football.

Traditional football leagues within Korea are divided between college and professional (KNFL) teams. There are three championship bowl games of special note that occur at the end of the season. The Tiger Bowl determines the champions of the college league, the Gwangaeto Bowl determines the champions of the professional league, and finally the Kimchi Bowl, the Korean equivalent of Japan's Rice Bowl, pits the college team champion against the professional team champion.

KNFL[edit]

As of 2015, there are eight teams listed on the KAFA website:


Gwangaeto Bowl Champions[edit]

Date Champion 2nd Place Score Stadium
1 1996.1.7 Seven Six Leos 20 - 6 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
2 1997.1.19 Bluegons Blue Friends 18 - 6 Busan Sagick Stadium
3 1998.1.11 Seven Six Bluegons 6 - 0 Kyungsung Univ. Stadium
4 1999.1.10 Blue Friends Caps 12 - 6 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
5 2000.1.9 Red Stars Caps 32 - 22 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
6 2001.1.14 Red Stars Scholars 20 - 6 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
7 2002.1.13 Seven Six Red Stars 18 - 12 Daegu Dooryu Stadium
8 2003.1.12 Scholars Caps 18 - 12 Busan National Univ. Stadium
9 2004.1.18 Caps Bluegons 17 - 6 Busan National Univ. Stadium
10 2005.1.16 Halraes Seven Six 14 - 7 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
11 2005.12.18 Vikings Caps 33 - 21 Yongin Univ. Stadium
12 2006.12.10 Gryphons Vikings 19 - 10 Seoul Univ. Stadium
13 2007.12.2 Gryphons Caps 23 - 13 Yongin Univ. Stadium
14 2008.12.7 Vikings Caps 28 - 3 Namyangju Stadium
15 2009.12.6 Caps Vikings 13 - 0 Namyangju Stadium
16 2010.12.12 Phoenix Caps 14 - 7 Namyangju Stadium
17 2011
18 2012
19 2013
20 2014.11.16 BlueStorm Phoenix
21 2015

Kimchi Bowl[edit]

Members of the Samsung Gryphons hold the Kimchi Bowl trophy in 2007 following their victory.

The Kimchi Bowl is the final championship game of KAFA. The game is considered by players, fans, and organizers to be the Super Bowl of Korea. At its conclusion a trophy is awarded to the winning team's coach and passed amongst the players. There is also a game MVP trophy awarded to the game's most valuable player. This honor is decided by the organizers of the game. The Kimchi Bowl is traditionally held in January of the year after the football season.

Date Champion 2nd Place Score Stadium
1 1996.1.14 DongA University Seven Six 12 - 7 Busan Sagick Stadium
2 1997.1.26 Bluegons Keimyung University 28 - 18 Busan Sagick Stadium
3 1998.1.18 Kyungpook N. University Seven Six 47 - 6 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
4 1999.1.17 DongA University Blue Friends 35 - 22 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
5 2000.1.16 DongA University Red Stars 19 - 14 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
6 2001.1.21 Red Stars Kyungsung University 13 - 0 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
7 2002.1.27 Seven Six Kyungsung University 27 - 14 Daegu Dooryu Stadium
8 2003.1.19 Gumoh N. University Scholars 7 - 6 Busan National Univ. Stadium
9 2004.1.1 Caps DongA University 23 - 17 Busan National Univ. Stadium
10 2005.1.30 Halraes Gumoh N. University 27 - 12 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
11 2006.1.8 DongA University Vikings 7 - 6 Keimyung Univ.
12 2007.1.14 Gryphons DongEui University 37 - 0 Busan National Univ. Stadium
13 2008.1.6 Gryphons DongEui University 21 - 12 Namyangju Stadium
14 2009.1. Vikings DongEui University 20 - 14 Namyangju Stadium
15 2010.1. Busan University Caps 34 - 13 Namyangju Stadium
16 2011.1.9 Phoenix Busan University 40 - 24 Kyungpook N. Univ.
17 2012
18 2013
19 2014.11.30 BlueStorm DongEui University 7 - 6
20 2015

Games of Note[edit]

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